A major concern for Doncaster town centre is the “binge drinking” culture and its impact on policing the night time economy and the town centre streets.
A major concern for Doncaster town centre is the “binge drinking” culture and its impact on policing the night time economy and the town centre streets. Binge drinking has increased markedly over recent years with the advent of:
A market focusing on young people
Cut price alcohol promotions
Large vertical drinking establishments
Extended opening hours
The Doncaster Licensing Authority first adopted a Cumulative Impact Policy in January 2008 encompassing the following streets in the Doncaster Town Centre:
Year on year there has been a reduction in alcohol related crime due to the implementation of local initiatives, such as Operation Alligator, involving partnership working between the Council, Police and other statutory/voluntary bodies. However, the prevalence of crime continues to be a cause for concern in some areas of the Doncaster town centre, in particular relating to large vertical drinking establishments.
In particular, the areas of the Doncaster Town Centre listed above account for 53% of all alcohol related crime and disorder in the Operation Alligator area. (Police statistics 1 April 2010 to 30 September 2010)
These areas of the town centre which continue to cause concern to local agencies and the Police have again been identified as a Cumulative Impact Area. The Police will generally oppose any further applications for large vertical drinking establishments in the identified area.
Applications made for premises licences within the adopted Cumulative Impact Area will be based on the individual merits of each application, and if the application is unlikely to significantly add to this cumulative impact, then the licence may be granted.
The difference between commercial need and the cumulative impact of premises in an area will remain separate. Need is a matter for the planning committee and for market forces, the cumulative impact of licensed premises on the promotion of the licensing objectives is a proper matter for the Licensing Authority and its committee to consider.
The consideration of an application in such a designated area will not include a mandatory closing time for the entire area.
Following the consultation procedure as set out in Section 5 of the Licensing Policy January 2011 the Licensing Authority has therefore adopted a Cumulative Impact Policy, for the following Areas in Doncaster:
Area 2 - Part of the Town Ward
Christ Church Road
Nether Hall Road
Area 3 - Bawtry Town Centre
Grasswood Lane/Dower House Square
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